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False Aralia Plant - Schefflera Elegantissima

Dizygotheca elegantissima


Schefflera elegantissima (formerly Dizygotheca elegantissima) (false aralia) is a species of flowering plant in the Araliaceae family, native to New Caledonia. Growing to 8–15 m (26–49 ft) tall by 2 m (7 ft) broad, it is an evergreen shrub or tree. Its leaves are thin, coppery red to dark green with toothed edges. On adult plants the leaves are much broader. In autumn it bears clusters of pale green flowers followed by black fruit. With a minimum temperature of 13–15 °C (55–59 °F), in temperate zones it is grown as a houseplant and is much more compact, typically reaching heights of 2–3 m (7–10 ft). This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit

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Buri, São Paulo, Brazil

Spotted on May 2, 2013
Submitted on May 29, 2013

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